England pacer Ollie Robinson came up with a dream spell on Day 4 of the Headingley Test to bowl his side to victory against India by an innings and 76 runs. Robinson finished with figures of 5 for 65 as India crumbled from 215 for 2 to 278 all out in what was a disastrous first session for them.
Having shown some fight on Day 3, India went in with hopes of carrying on the good work. However, they came completely unstuck against the new ball as England trampled their way to a series-levelling victory.
Team India had a horror start to Day 4 as Cheteshwar Pujara fell without adding to his overnight score of 91. The No. 3 batter made a fatal error of judgement as he shouldered arms to a delivery from Ollie Robinson that came back in sharply. The umpire did not raise his finger but England went for the DRS and had their man.
India could never recover from the early setback and England’s bowlers were soon all over them. Captain Virat Kohli survived a close call against James Anderson when he got a caught behind decision overturned making use of the DRS – replays showed the bat hitting pad and daylight between willow and ball.
England did not have to wait long to see the back of the Indian skipper though. Having crossed his half-century, Kohli perished for 55, again nicking one outside off from Robinson. England captain Joe Root gleefully accepted the offering at first slip.
Ajinkya Rahane’s (10) woeful run continued as he too poked at one from Anderson in the corridor of uncertainty and walked back. Not for the first time in the series, Rishabh Pant looked completely at sea. Like in the first innings, he hung his bat at one outside off and presented a tame catch in the slip cordon to give Robinson his fourth scalp.
Apart from movement, England’s pacers also managed to extract some extra bounce off the surface which caught India’s flirting batsmen off guard. Pant’s dismissal for 2 left India reeling at 239 for 6 and only the formalities remained.